Kindling Neighborly Connections between People and Nature.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Tardigrade for a day

The snow is flying on this winter's day.
Snow descends from clouds above.
Snow on roads.
Snow covering lawns.
Snow upon wooded trails and forest landscape.
Snow on moss covered rocks and logs, beneath which hidden worlds abound.

Our smallest wild neighbors are surely enjoying the insulative cover of new-fallen snow within damp lively cover of mossy abodes. Nematodaes, rotifers, and tardigrades thrive in such micro-climates as these.

Oh to be a tardigrade for a day! To experience the mosses of the forest floor as a great forest in and of itself; secret worlds inside of worlds inside of worlds! To bear witness to vast mycorrhizal networks that make terrestrial life possible for all!

Looking as closely as I possibly can through a hand lens at the surface of the mosses that Newton (our eastern spotted newt of 10 years) seems to enjoy so much, I can only imagine how vast and complex the hidden world of mosses must be for creatures so infinitesimally small from our human perspective.

How great and mysterious is the charge, amidst our human activities on planet earth, to consider all of our wild neighbors; from the enormous blue whale who rules the great ocean to the tiny tardigrade of mossy kingdoms.

We all need healthy homes that are free of pollution. May tardigrade, whale, and all in-between receive from us the love, kindness, compassion and care that is due a neighbor as Jesus did teach.

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